Scottish land disposal rules amended

Minor amendments have been made to the regulations governing the licensing of waste disposal in Scotland with the primary purpose of exempting from licensing the disposal of sewage sludge and other fertilising waste on land.1

The new rules amend licensing regulations introduced in Scotland in 1977 under the Control of Pollution Act 1974. They take effect on 9 July.

The main effect of the amendments will be to except, in respect of two additional types of "controlled" waste, the occupier of a site on which disposal operations are carried out from the general requirement to obtain a waste disposal licence. The two additional waste types are sludge or other waste deposited on land for the purpose of fertilising or otherwise beneficially conditioning it.

The exceptions from licensing will apply only if certain conditions are met. These are that the person depositing the waste complies with the new Scottish code of good agricultural practice for the prevention of pollution (ENDS Report 206, p 35 ), and that he provides both the disposal authority and river purification authority with details of the wastes concerned and the locations of the deposits. Different reporting arrangements are prescribed for single and repetitive consignments of waste.

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